Whiteness FAQ: Responses and Tools for Confronting College Classroom Questions

  • Naomi W Nishi (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Cheryl E. Matias (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Roberto Montoya (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Geneva L Sarcedo (University of Colorado at Denver)


Instructors and students with a critical race perspective are frequently confronted and often marginalized by questions of whiteness in the college classroom. These questions work to reinforce and promote white norms and ultimately white supremacy. This theoretical article and pedagogical tool responds to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that exude whiteness in the classroom directly, offering critical responses backed by literature, research, and theory. We also respond to the questions subcontextually, naming the assumptions that are embedded in these whiteness questions and deconstructing them. We offer pedagogical strategies for responding to and resisting whiteness in the classroom when whiteness FAQs arise.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, post-racial, Higher Education, whiteness, colorblind, Blackness

How to Cite:

Nishi, N. W., Matias, C. E., Montoya, R. & Sarcedo, G. L., (2016) “Whiteness FAQ: Responses and Tools for Confronting College Classroom Questions”, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 5(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2016
Peer Reviewed